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Daemon
Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 12:00:00 AM
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The world would do well to reflect, that injustice is in itself, to every generous and properly constituted mind, an injury, of all others the most insufferable, the most torturing, and the most hard to bear.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)
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Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 5:11:03 PM
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Here's a little context for the quote. It's from "The Old Curiosity Shop":

"Let moralists and philosophers say what they may, it is very questionable whether a guilty man would have felt half as much misery that night, as Kit did, being innocent.

"The world, being in the constant commission of vast quantities of injustice, is a little too apt to comfort itself with the idea that if the victim of its falsehood and malice have a clear conscience, he cannot fail to be sustained under his trials, and somehow or other to come right at last; ‘in which case,’ say they who have hunted him down, ‘— though we certainly don’t expect it — nobody will be better pleased than we.’

Whereas, the world would do well to reflect, that injustice is in itself, to every generous and properly constituted mind, an injury, of all others the most insufferable, the most torturing, and the most hard to bear; and that many clear consciences have gone to their account elsewhere, and many sound hearts have broken, because of this very reason; the knowledge of their own deserts only aggravating their sufferings, and rendering them the less endurable."

Dickens was a man of great sympathy, and great love for his fellow humans. He conveyed that in everything of his that I've read.

What would he have thought about our secretly holding prisoners without a trial? About our government's use of secret prisons and torture? About our use of secret "extraordinary rendition" to facilitate torture?
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Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 8:48:50 PM
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im was always baffled how humans are capable to shrug off injustice, just one man being held without a trial or even tortured is just unbearable, (although i hope you dont think thats the only or worst injustice the western world has brought to the world, how many innocents were killed in its wars of economic conquest, how many enslaved in its economic exploitation of the world), each one of these injustices are bad enough that it should bring an entire country to a halt

if we were proud human beings taught to use our own minds we would not accept any justification or excuse for such heinous injustice

as a kid even small injustices would drive me crazy, then it was a constant struggle to not get numbed by the acceptance of injustice this society demands of us, on the one hand you dont want to get numbed on the other you have to in order to function and make a difference, in this way injustice has an exponential effect, the more there is of it the harder it gets to stay aware of it

there is the futility syndrom, studies showed that people would rather give a lot of money if they can save all of a small group of people then to give a little money when they can save an even bigger number of people but not all of a group, so in this case by allowing for tolerance of injustice you would have a greater effect, the question of moral by principle or moral by consequence

it might be irrational but in the question of such fundamental injustice were people die or end up in forms of slavery im clearly on the side of moral by principle, we have to fight for absolute standards, it simply must not be tolerated, i dont want to sacrifice anyone for this goal but i believe that compromises by moral by consequences is a downward sliding slope precisely due to this exponential nature of injustice
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